Non-Muslims should get equal respect, Johor sultanah says
Malaysian Muslims are lucky because they don't know what it's like to be part of a minority group, says Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah
PETALING JAYA: Johor sultanah Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah says Muslims must show equal respect to fellow Malaysians who are not of the same faith.
In a Facebook post today, she said Muslims who had studied or lived abroad knew what it felt like to be a minority.
“We learn to adapt,” she said. “At the same time, we see the kindness and the acceptance of those who are Christians, Jews, or of other faiths, when we are in their countries.”
She recalled seeing photos of Zaharah Othman, a New Straits Times’ London correspondent, at a church and wearing her hijab.
“And she’s also told me how she had been offered to perform her prayers in churches,” she said.
Likewise, she said when her eldest son was leaving India after ending his service with the Indian army, his fellow officers took him to the army mosque.
“They were Hindus but they showed their respect by covering their heads with their handkerchiefs, and taking their shoes off.
“Muslims in Malaysia are so very lucky because they do not know what it’s like to be part of a minority group.”